I am using a Dell D630 laptop with 4 GB of RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 (64-Bit) and XP-SP3 (32-Bit).
I have recently (a couple of days ago) reinstalled completely my computer with XP SP3; this comes with Internet Explorer 7 by default. Then, I made a ghost of my freshly installed XP using Acronis True Image, so in case any problem arose, I could re-patch my computer easily from that ghost.
I updated to Internet Explorer 8 for XP, and this is where the problems started: after rebooting the computer, the first 15 to 20 minutes I cannot run any program in XP, and then suddenly, everything would work fine; I concluded logically that it was Internet Explorer 8 which was causing my problem; then, I decided to remove it following the instructions found in Microsoft KB website. But, the problem was there despite the fact that I have now Internet Explorer 7 for sure.
So, I decided to use my Acronis ghost to patch my computer (only the C: and not the MBR) from Windows XP itself by running Acronis True Image 2013 (it does this by rebooting and running an Acronis boot). When I reboot, the computer gets stuck on a black screen and does not boot at all. I decided then to boot from my Acronis boot CD (made at the beginning). This time, I choose to re-patch both the C:\ and the MBR; but it is still not working.
Now here is the weird problem happening to my computer: I need to boot with my Hiren Mini XP boot CD; then, I tell it that I want to boot from the hard drive, and then I chose to run my XP again: and this works! But, I cannot boot directly from my hard drive. Thus, I concluded that my MBR has been corrupted by Acronis as I can only start my coputer by booting first from Hiren Mini XP.
So, my question is this one: I want to re-install everything but with Windows 7 64-Bit (I have a 64-Bit processor). If I reformat everything and re-install my computer, would this boot problem disappear, or do I need to fix first this problem and then install W7?
Many thanks for any help.